Thursday, July 31, 2008

They've been a long time coming...

When I met Lynn and a bunch of other knittyheads at WEBS she gave me some lovely sock yarn as a gift. I knit so many socks, she said, and she doesn't - obviously I would use this yarn in no time.

Well, that's not exactly true. It was October 2006. When I did finally get around to knitting the yarn the socks took me a month to finish!

Pattern: Yarrow Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Dicentra Designs in Abalone
Started: 7/1/08
Finished: 7/31/08

I'll pretend that I artfully posed the socks on the pile of moving boxes, but that is actually where I'm going to let them sit to dry. This moving thing is crazy!

The fact that the socks took me forever to get around to is actually because I kept having ideas (and ideas, and ideas) about what to do with this particular yarn. I wound it ages ago and then started being indecisive about my pattern choice. I think the Yarrow Rib, which I finally decided on, was a good choice. The yarn is fairly high contrast - yet strangely harmonious! - and any patterning would be lost in it.

So thank you Lynn for the fabulous yarn which will finally get worn as its intended object - just as soon as it gets colder.

Listening to: Wicked Game ~ H.I.M., September Sun ~ Type O Negative

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Presenting... sock yarn!

My poor neglected blog! The last couple of week and a half have been filled with friends, way too much of a social life, and not too much knitting. Oh, yeah, and spinning.

I did complete my Tour de Fleece goal and finish spinning my birthday roving! I think in a little less than a month the birthday handspun can become my cross country road trip socks.

I made a true three ply for the first time - I plied most of the singles until the bobbin was as full as I could get it, then skeined that bunch and plied the smaller skein in the back. This is right after plying, I haven't wet and blocked the yarn yet.

I think it turned out pretty well - it's not as super-even as I would have liked but it was spun over multiple days and in a bit of a rush. And it really is pretty even, other than a few places where the roving was a bit sticky - strangely this mostly happened on the parts that were dyed dark blue. And as you can see the plying left a bit of a pool of yellow in one section. In any case, I'm sure the socks will be lovely.

Listening to: Creep ~ Radiohead, ...and the Great Cold Death of the Earth ~ Agalloch


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Packing the Stash

Knitting has been largely preempted by moving lately. It's no fun, but it's the way it has to be.

I started packing and one of the first things to get packed was most of my stash. I've decided that if I pack all of my yarn I'll be less likely to start new projects and more likely to finish knitting the things I already have in progress. I'll save out a ball or two for the road trip but otherwise all the stash is being boxed up.

Tonight I went out to meet polarg for an evening of knitting and crepe eating. It was lovely.

Doesn't it look perfect? It was an awesome way to get my mind off of the moving at least temporarily.

Listening to: A Desolation Song ~ Agalloch, Credence ~ Opeth

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tour de Fleece

Lately there hasn't been all that much knitting going on, but there has been spinning! I decided to participate in the Tour de Fleece, even though I'm not watching the Tour de France. A goal of spinning a bit every day and finishing this 4oz bundle of fiber into sock yarn was just the motivation I needed! I've been turning this Spunky Eclectic superwash merino fiber that was a birthday gift from Cathy...


Into this:


Singles that I'm going to 3-ply to make fingering/sport weight yarn for socks. I'm a little over halfway done spinning the singles. Now off for another 2 hour spinning session while watching The Other Boleyn Girl - just for the costumes. ;)


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

RPM... sorta

The knitting has been slow lately due to real life. Yes, that pesky real life thing has reared it's head and I'm stuck doing all kinds of things except for knitting. Like... packing. Because in August I'm moving back to Seattle.

But last night RPM and I had a date with Torchwood and I finally finished!

Pattern: RPM... sorta
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight Mill End
Started: 5/17/08
Finished: 7/1/08

I've been into spirals lately...

So the truth is that I had an idea about what RPM was in my head, and that's what I knit. Not the actual pattern or anything, as you can probably see. I looked at the stitch pattern, promptly subtracted a stitch from the leg count to make it automatically spiral, and knit the rest of the sock without so much as a glance at the pattern until today when I went to find the link.

That's when I realized that the actual RPM has a short row heel and the spiral ribs continue onto the bottom of the foot. Ah well...

ETA: And then I noticed that she *also* has an option for a flap heel and no ribs on the bottom of the foot. Aija, great minds think alike!

Listening to: Miss Murder ~ A.F.I., Comedown ~ Bush

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs